Asked on Mar 5, 2018

How to pre refaced cabinets to paint?

Fiddledd224ShariLonny Reever


Cabinets are wood underneath. What kind of paint should I use?

4 answers
  • William
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 120- to 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.
  • Lonny Reever
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Clean with a good cleaner to remove grease and dirt. If you want to paint either lightly sand or use liquid sanding compound. The compound makes finish tacky to allow paint to adhere. Only wipe down an area that can be painted in 15 min. If you want to stain you will have to sand off all old finish and get to bare wood. To paint use a good quality semi-gloss paint. If staining use a stain of your choice then after stain is dry coat with a good quality poly or vanish.
  • Shari
    on Mar 5, 2018

    I used Dixie Belle Chalk Paint to re paint my son's cabinets for him. They were factory wood cabinets painted white and a stained finished. I made sure the cabinets were clean and then painted and sealed them with Dixie Belle's Gator Hide.

  • Fiddledd224
    on Mar 5, 2018

    Take one of the door fronts off and take it to the paint department of the home improvement store and ask for their advice. They know the latest paints, applications and tools for a professional job.
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